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Census Results Show That Nearly Half of New Zealand Has No Religious Affiliation

Sep 24, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

The first results from the 2018 New Zealand Census have just been released and there’s a bombshell when it comes to God: Nearly half the population has no religious affiliation whatsoever.

Based on the raw data made available to the public, there are 2,264,601 people who checked a box marked “No religion.” That’s in a nation of 4,699,755 people. Doing that simple math, more than 48% of New Zealand has no religion. The last time the census was taken, in 2013, that number was just under 42%. In 2001, it was under 30%.

Christianity, as a whole, is headed in the other direction. As a percentage of the population, it’s gone from 54% in 2006, to 48% in 2013, to 37% today.

In addition to that, there are 7,068 atheists, 6,516 agnostics, 663 Humanists, and 4,248 people who said they belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Pastafarianism is officially larger than Lutheranism (3,585) in the nation.

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3 comments on “Census Results Show That Nearly Half of New Zealand Has No Religious Affiliation

  • All this talk about “God” irritates me, it should be “Gods”, plural, as there have been invented quite a few of them. And they all seem to be on their way out, except for the FSM, but that’s OK ;-).

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    Cairsley says:

    New Zealand has made good progress in this regard, but I confess to being a little disappointed that this census showed that we have not crossed the 50% mark for irreligion.

    Ah well, next time!

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  • Cairsley #2: When you take in to account all the “similar” options, such as atheism, humanism etc, it gets to 49%. So so close! (I downloaded the raw data…)

    At the very least, it’s a far higher number than christianity.

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